DUBAI: Saudi Aramco and Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) announced on Tuesday the successful operation of the AB-4 crude oil pipeline as part of a new phase of the Aramco-Bahrain crude oil pipeline strategy to meet the growing demand for energy in Manama.
The new 112 kilometer-long pipeline can transport up to 350,000 barrels of crude oil per day. It starts from Saudi Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and ends at Bapco refinery in Bahrain, Saudi state TV Al-Ekhbariya reported.
It consists of three parts: a 42-kilometer pipe on the Saudi side, another 28 km pipe in Bahrain, and a 42-kilometer pipe underwater.
The operation of the AB-4 pipeline marks a new chapter in the special relationship between Saudi Aramco and Bahrain’s Bapco.
California is going solar!
Written by Elena Chen
California is going Solar; on the May 9, 2018, the California Building Standards Commission unanimously approved a policy that WILL require solar on all new homes, starting January, 2020. This makes California the first state to do so, trailblazing the mission to make America a more efficient and independent clean energy provider. According to the California Energy Commission, which established these new rules that will take effect on January 1, 2020, the policy will require smart residential photovoltaic systems, and solar plus storage options, which will not only save home and business owners more money, but also give them more options (imagine, never having to pay an energy bill again, exciting!)
Carbon dioxide emission has always been a major issue all over the world, California is no exception the ongoing pollution caused by Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions; Carbon emissions rose 3.2 percent in California even as they declined 3.7 percent in the remaining 49 tons of carbon emission between 2011 and 2015. However, California has taken Carbon emission seriously and has reached greenhouse gas goal years earlier than expected. For example, the California Air Resources Board shows that in-state greenhouse gas emissions in the year 2018 have dropped 13 percent compared to its peak in 2004. Under this new regulation of energy through solar power. Its important for our state to act now, while it can, to prevent further environmental damages caused by pollutions and excessive use of un-sustainable energy resources.
The significant decrease in greenhouse gas emission is closely correlated to the increasing number if electric cars purchased throughout the years. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, the majority of reductions for CO2 emissions came from the electric power sector, where an increase in wind and solar energy has been replacing fossil fuels. With the state’s supportive regulation of electric vehicles, California is optimistic to reach its goal of 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025 and 5 million by 2030. Consequently, electric vehicles consume a greater amount of power usage for individual households. Therefore, under the state’s new regulation, those with electric vehicles will have a chance to go green 100 percent.
Under these regulations, there will be some major financial benefits for homeowners; installing solar panel will not only increase home value, it will also significantly reduce energy bills over time. Consequently, houses that have solar panels attached to their roof, are valued at a greater price point than similar houses without solar panels. While many would conclude that the reason for increasing home value is due to the fact that solar panels are costly, having solar panels installed to houses are doubtlessly a benefit in long-term. The California Energy Commission stated recently that, “for residential homeowners, based on a 30-year mortgage, the Energy Commission estimates that the standards will add about $40 to an average monthly payment, but save consumers $80 on monthly heating, cooling, and lighting bills” Indeed, California regulators took a quantum leap to make this policy happen, and if this regulation is a success then it will undoubtedly follow by other states in the US
If an Urban Ladder sofa has been on your bucket list, this post is just for you. We’ve listed down our favourite sofas from the brand, hoping that your hunt for the perfect one is a breeze.
Sofas are an investment.
These are your focal, attention-grabbing pieces but they’re not really cheap on the pocket — hence, most of us want to get this purchase right.
The good news is that with online stores like Urban Ladder and Pepperfry, the search has become much easier — there’s variety, convenience of researching and purchasing from home, and a wide budget bracket.
But to make this search even easier, we thought: Why not compile our favourites in a post for you?
And so, this post came alive. After going through the entire stock of sofas at Urban Ladder ourselves, covering categories like wooden sofas, recliners, loveseats and more…
Here are our top 10 favourite Urban Ladder sofas.
1. In Colour — Alora Sofa
Even in the drabbiest of rooms, an eye-catching red sofa like this can perk up the interiors and infuse life into it.
Not just that, the Alora Sofa seems like the perfect fit for those who like to sink into their couch and never get out! Soft, plush, comfortable and attractive — we love it!
2. Amos Wooden Sofa
Wood is a classic. And whether your decor style leans towards contemporary, vintage, traditional or bohemian, there’s always wooden furniture to suit every such preference.
Just like this Amos wooden sofa!
Available as a 1-, 2- and 3-seater, it’s a perfect fit for contemporary homes that want to strike a balance between the styles of today and the past.
The gorgeous wooden frame with legs angled out and tufted back cushions in blue makes this quite the catch.
Priced at: Rs. 15,499 for a 3-seater
3. In Sofa-Cum-Beds: Zehnloch Sofa-Cum-Bed
We fell in love with this sofa-cum-bed when we shot Juhi Chitra’s home for our How to Decorate Your Small House series.
It’s perfect for someone who’s renting a house, someone living in a small space or just someone looking for space-saving furniture.
Apart from the cheerful red and the mid-century modern style of the sofa, what makes this design work is how it transforms into a comfortable bed, thanks to a click-clack mechanism.
4. In Chaises: Malabar Chaise
A couch built for just one is why we love the chaise!
And the Malabar Chaise by Urban Ladder combines the aesthetics of the colonial era with the luxury of today in a refreshing manner.
With soft curves, a pleasant colour that blends in with any decor, and quality finesse, this chaise adds a style statement to any room.
5. In Recliners: Robert Recliner Sofa
Whether it’s to read a book in your study, lounge in your bedroom or watch Netflix in your living room, we think that the Robert recliner by Urban Ladder is your match made in heaven.
Just pull back the seat and flip open the foot rest as you sink into the plush and soft leatherette fabric of the sofa.
The tan brown colour looks amazing in homes with wooden or metal furniture.
6. In Leather: Trissino Sofa
For the ultimate luxury and comfort, we love the Trissino sofa by Urban Ladder. Its sleek and chic styling, top quality of the leather, and deep seating make it ideal for your modern home.
Priced at: Rs. 1,17,799 for a 3-seater
7. In Velvet: Winchester Fabric Sofa
If you’ve been a fan of Chesterfield sofas, we suggest you go for this Urban Ladder pick. And if you’re not, we still suggest you pick this Winchester fabric sofa in dusty turquoise velvet.
What are chesterfield sofas? Traditional styles that have made quite a comeback in recent times, these sofas have tufted cushions, and their backs and armrests are of the same height with the arms rolled outwards.
The cushions in this Urban Ladder pick — available as a 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-seater — are made of four layers of foam for the most comfortable seating.
What’s more? The fabric is resistant to fading — now wouldn’t we all want that long-lasting furniture?!
8. In Loveseats – Frida Loveseat
Another perfect fit for small homes, this loveseat is big enough to be your statement piece and yet small enough to not occupy too much floor space.
The beautiful jade colour makes it a wonderful accent piece of furniture while the tufted and winged back lends charm to the room.
The best part: It’s snug enough for two people as it is for one!
A loveseat is just about wider than any regular armchair but smaller than a sofa.
9. In Sectional – Greenwich Sectional Sofa
If you’ve got a large living room, sectional sofas are a good idea. They fill up the space sufficiently and can also be separated in case you want to play around with the furniture arrangement in the room.
The olive green colour is catchy yet earthy for our homes. And the fabric spells longevity and durability. What more can we ask for?
10. In Luxury: Windsor Sofa
This one’s a modern take on the Chesterfield sofa, in that the back and armrest don’t roll outwards while the cushions are plush and tufted.
Immaculately designed with a luxurious appeal, this sofa can be the centrepiece of your living room. It’s classy, posh and the pearl white colour adds more to that luxurious appeal.